Ella's American Folk Art Cafe

4.8
239 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Located in the heart of Seminole Heights, just minutes from Downtown Tampa, we are an eclectic independent eatery, music venue and art gallery that is dedicated to nourishing your stomach and your soul!

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 239 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.7
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDaveLutz
Tampa
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

We have Vegans and every time we've tried to eat there on Sunday, they're out of vegan options. Then we're forced to find another place to eat after we've arrived. They need to put this on the open table site when they run out.

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NickH
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience for Sunday brunch. Everything was delicious although the chicken in the pot pie didn’t taste seasoned. The pot pie part was still tasty. We’ll definitely be back.

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MarkK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wait staff, and ambiance . Went with our 2 dogs and could not have been treated better.

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vipMichaelB
Tampa
44 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food as usual. Service a bit slow but Sunday brunch so not in a real hurry.

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OliveOyl3
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you haven't been to Ella's yet, you are missing out! This lively hometown restaurant is full of surprises - beginning with the heavy pour of wine to the delicious appetizers. Both start your experience off on the right foot. The dinner selections - of which my party had several - were all incredible! One family member said they had the 'best pork chop I've ever had"! The steak was cooked precisely and the chicken pasta was excellent! So, of course after having everything top notch at this point, we just had to order dessert too. Did NOT disappoint! The key lime cheesecake was heavenly and the pistachio cake was mouth watering. Our waiter was attentive and friendly; the staff greets you with smiles as you enter and leave. A definite 'must' on your list of restaurants to visit!

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vipRichierich
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great place overall.

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MagsO
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the initial greeting to the final farewell, my three friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our Saturday afternoon experience! Friendly and courteous staff, attentive and helpful well-timed service, and absolutely delectable food and libations, with generous portion sizes. We each ordered something different...including our beverages from the bar and could not have been more pleased. Any special requests were easily and politely accommodated. The atmosphere is wonderfully eclectic, and clearly attended to and well-kept. All staff were masked, searing was well-spaced, and sanitizer readily available. This was a first visit for us all and will certainly not be the last. We have been raving about our experience since.

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Jordan
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure dining here! Great food, great people.

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LaurieC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great and so was the service. Great atmosphere... live music.

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MeganD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the Sunday menu! It is great and their specialty drinks are great.

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BlairC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

A friend recommended this place with wonderful praises. I should’ve known better than to have a later reservation, as it was Valentine’s weekend. When I arrived at the restaurant to check in the hostess showed me what they had for food options which was almost nothing. I was saddened because I chose this place to celebrate. I will come back to try the place out in the future but wish I would’ve known the entire menu wasn’t available besides two entrees. We drove from Lakeland. I am a bartender so I know how this weekend goes. The place was so beautiful though and the hostess was extremely pleasant. I will attempt again on a normal time.

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Plpg
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Sucked on Valentine's Day. We didn't even get to eat. They were out of 80% of their menu.

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Gemseeker1
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our only complaint was that they were out of several menu items. Given the fact that this was St. Valentine’s weekend, they should’ve prepared better to make sure their stock was up to the expected demand. Other than that, it was a wonderful experience. The menu was very unique and the food and the drinks were excellent. We will be back to try the things we wanted but we’re not available.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great night

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vipElizabethB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time at Ella’s and will be back. Great food and loved sitting outside.

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LexTalionis
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charlie rules! And the old fashions are the best in Tampa. Also, watch out for the cherry lime-ade. It tastes like kool-aid but it hits like a hammer.

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vipMasterCJL
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live music by Leon Majcen was great. Food and service both wonderful. Thank you!

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vipLJ3318
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor area, great service, and a solid meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance fun; variety of menu selections, great drinks and nicely priced. We had the best time.

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Tuti
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Liked the food and retro style. We enjoyed the family dinner. Waitress was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting, great food!

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Will
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool vibe, friendly service, strong cocktails and amazing food. Our server Chloe was awesome! We enjoyed fried green tomatoes and carrot ginger soup for appetizers, both excellent. We appreciated the attention to detail and fresh ingredients in our dinners, we loved the salmon salad and stuffed chicken. Spacious outdoor dining, funky ambiance, live music all add to the positive experience.

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KimB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was flavorful and well prepared. It was a delight to set on the patio and just enjoy the evening. We will be back.

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LauraL
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun eclectic atmosphere. The service was excellent! The food was wonderful! Loved the tuna appetizer and the fried green tomatoes. Highly recommend the house bourbon. The whole experience was perfect. We will definitely be back!

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Jordan
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have not had a single item from Ella's that disappointed; everything is made at a high standard and everybody is so kind and joyful. You can tell they put a lot of care into this place, and it definitely comes through in the quality of the place.

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SandyI
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome casual dining with a fantastic menu and service!

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JeanineR
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Ella's with a party of 6 for a Birthday celebration. Very cool place! Love the artwork and decor! The food was out standing! Only issue we had was ash flying down on us (sat outside, was either from a fire or fireworks for Buckaneer celebrations) but other than that, everything was perfect. Will definitely be going back! 😀

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CindyG
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites Party of 7 - and everyone loved it Great food and service. I had the scallop special with beet puree and greens - delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great atmosphere and service as always. We love Ella's!

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SarahLouise
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday chicken and waffles

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MEK72
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fun atmosphere, enjoyed the food and ambiance.

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JENNIFER
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome 1st experience; great atmosphere, service, food and drinks were amazing. I would definitely recommend and we'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was bangin! Staff was great! Price wasn't bad. Menu wasn't large, but it wasn't hard to find something we liked

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DavidinNewTampa
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere and great service. We love that you can specifically reserve the outdoor seating. Great place, we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice little place with a nice patio area. Our food was well prepared and delicious!!

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RichardD
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back and bring my foodie friends; great blend of food and cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The server took a while to come to our table and bring out anything we ordered or refill drinks, but they did offer ikea blankets for sale as we were sitting outside. It took a while to actually get to order our food, probably a half hour, because of the aforementioned delays, and only when we were ready they decided to inform us that half their entree menu wasn't available which forced 75% of our party to have to reorder. I get business can be unpredictable but there's no way they ran out of 8 dishes in the time we arrived so that was extremely frustrating. Additionally, our reservation was at 7pm on a Saturday, so it seems like very poor planning to be run out before the weekend is over. The burger I had to order, and then have them fix twice, did taste ok though.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! Eclectic place, great bar menu, great food choices. Small menu, but everything is made fresh. Great service too!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

I could have seen the lighting down a little lower for the evening 😀

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ella's American Folk Art Cafe using the Order Online button. Ella's American Folk Art Cafe also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ella's American Folk Art Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 234-1000.

Ella's American Folk Art Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 239 OpenTable diners.

Ella's American Folk Art Cafe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.ellasfolkartcafe.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.